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Image via Treyarch

Call of Duty developer Treyarch issued its first public statement in response to ongoing harassment problems at Activision Blizzard, stating that its "culture has no room for sexism, harassment, racism, bigotry, discrimination, or bullying."

Why it matters: Treyarch, a part of Activision Blizzard, has not been without its own share of internal harassment.

  • Co-head Dan Bunting left the company around the time the Wall Street Journal published a damning report about CEO Bobby Kotick's knowledge and involvement in those ongoing scandals; Bunting was accused of harassment himself in 2017.
  • "As we move forward, providing a safe, diverse, inclusive working environment so that all may thrive will be our highest priority," Treyarch's statement reads.
  • "Everyone at Treyarch is drawn to game development because we possess a deep love for the artistry of video games and the magic that can create moments that matter. This is a moment that matters and it starts by being better."

According to producer Miranda Due, the statement was written by the women of Treyarch.

  • "We are the ones that have been impacted the most by what has happened, and we are fighting for a better future," she tweeted. "Change has to happen from within and we are doing our best and need support ... "
  • As for why it didn't happen earlier, Due said it takes time to process the trauma of those revelations.

Elsewhere: Employees at Raven Software are still striking in an effort to get Activision Blizzard to reinstate a dozen QA employees.

  • Employees have been on strike for 17 days "with no response to our demand," tweeted worker collective A Better ABK. Activision Blizzard employees will soon begin paid holiday time.
  • The duration of that strike is unprecedented for the video game industry, which is almost entirely not unionized.
  • Over the past few months, some Activision Blizzard employees have begun the process of potentially unionizing.

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Jan 13, 2022 - Technology

Microsoft to review harassment policies, including Gates allegations

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Microsoft said on Thursday that it is launching a review of its policies and practices regarding sexual harassment and gender discrimination, with plans to issue a public report expected this spring.

Of note: Microsoft says the report will summarize the results of any investigations of potential sexual harassment by board members and senior executives — including the board's look into allegations made against co-founder Bill Gates.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to affirmative action at Harvard, UNC

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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a pair of cases challenging the consideration of race in the college admissions processes.

Why it matters: The conservative high court's ruling could determine the future of affirmative action in higher education.

Europe's energy reliance on Russia is a crucial shield for Putin

Photo: Pavel Bednyakov/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

Cracks in the NATO alliance regarding sanctions for Russia should President Vladimir Putin order troops into Ukraine are in large part based on energy supply concerns.

Why it matters: Russia holds tremendous leverage over some European countries because it provides roughly 40% of Europe's natural gas supply. In Germany, this figure is greater than 50%.